Furry Fridays Week 3

Welcome back to Furry Friday! This week’s episode is brought to you by Island Batik. Thanks Island Batik for supporting the Small Kennel Quilt team and its mission to provide aid to animal rescues.

In case you’re new to Furry Fridays, their purpose is to introduce you to a couple of cutie pies in hopes that you’ll provide them with a forever home. If you can’t do that, please consider making kennel quilts to provide comfort to rescue animals.

This week is my week to talk about my experiences with rescue animals. When I was a kid, we had a wonderful dog named Shamrock, or Sham for short. Sham was a mutt—some kind of German Shephard mix. Dad used to look at Sham every day in the pet store window on his way home from work. One day that ol’ pup just climbed into Dad’s arms and we had ourselves a dog!

Shamrock and some of the crew. I'm the one on the left petting Sham's um, rear.

When Sham was getting old, someone stopped their car near our house and threw out a dog. My brothers saw this and immediately gathered the dog up. Mom said we could only keep her a few days until Dad could take her to the pound. Needless to say, within minutes my little brothers had given her a name (Sandy) and we had another dog! Sandy was wonderful with Sham who was losing her eyesight and slowing down. Sandy kept Sham active and gave her many more years of life.

Sandy, Heather (my Aunt Betty's first Scotty dog), and our beloved Shamrock.

It was these early experiences that taught me how wonderful rescue pets could be (granted, Shamrock wasn’t a rescue, but she was a wonderful non-pedigreed beauty). When it came my time to choose a pet, I choose a cat because they make easy pets, especially in apartments. My first cat was Eowyn (Winnie), named after a character in Lord of the Rings. Eowyn was a tabby, and she ended up going with my roommate when I had to move to another city because she’d bonded with her cat and also because cats generally don’t like moving.

Soon after moving, I got Maddie and Nikki. Maddie was also a tabby just like Winnie. Maddie however, thought she was a dog. She’d follow me like a little puppy, and when I came home from work, she’d greet me at the door, her tail all fluffed out in greeting. Nikki was a tortoiseshell and very wise. Maddie was the attention seeker, but Nikki knew better. She knew she only had to wait a tiny bit, and Maddie would got bored. Then Nikki would sneak onto my lap and get all the pampered petting she wanted.

Nikki, Maddie, and an escapee from the 80's

Nikki, Maddie, and an escapee from the 80's

Lucy was my next rescue, and our first cat as a family. Lucy was sweet loving kitty. She was silent, thoughtful, and incredibly picky about who she made friends with. I know it pleased my daughter very much that one by one, Lucy made friends with every one of Katerina's friends. We lost Lucy recently and I felt like I’d never be able to find a cat as wonderful as her.

Lucy, giving me "the look".

Lucy, giving me "the look".

Then I met Zora. Zora has been through a lot, finally getting rescued and adopted when she was about five. Zora did well in her new home until a baby came and took her place. Then she ended up back in the rescue center. Zora has lost a lot of teeth due to poor early health care, but she eats well anyway. She is talkative, affectionate, and in your face wonderful. We are so glad we adopted her. Or did she adopt us?

Zora is settling in...on my bed! Enough said.

Have you ever adopted a rescue animal? I can tell you from personal experience, they are the best! Here are two for you to consider.

Up first is Tucker. Tucker is a 9 week old husky/shepherd mix. Tucker may have some hearing loss because he always seems to tilt his head. But he is friendly and cuddly and will be available for adoption in the next few weeks after he gets that hearing thing checked out.

Next up is Penny. Penny is a light tortoiseshell. From personal experience with tortoiseshells, I can tell you they are smart, quiet, and sweet. Penny is 5 years old, which is young for a cat. Penny did well in a home filled with other cats and dogs, but she would probably like it best if she were the only cat. I know my Nikki would have liked that, but since I also had Maddie, she tolerated her without incident and mostly was super chill. Still, Nikki would have liked it better solo.

Help us spread the word about these wonderful rescues who deserve to find a forever home. If you find that you can’t adopt either of these furry cuties, you can still help by making kennel quilts, like the ones Lucy is modeling here. Kennel quilts are designed to fit inside small pet carriers to provide an extra layer of comfort to animals rescued after a disaster.

Come back next Friday for another Furry Friday when I will feature two more rescues. In the meantime, you can visit the other Island Ambassadors who are hosting Furry Friday this week and learn about their pets.

Fun Threads Designs

Bejeweled Quilts

Sally Quilting Corner

Inch Worm Fabrics

While you’re here though, be sure to check out my Wednesday Wait Loss! Link up your WIPs and get the encouragement you need to finish them off. We’ve got a really fun supportive group going and I hope you’ll join us!

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Wednesday Wait Loss 7

Welcome back to Wednesday Wait Loss! I’ve got great news! I finished Kate’s quilt—all done but the label. So soon it’ll be winging its way across the pond to England.

To catch you up, Kate @ Smiles from Kate and I decided to exchange mini quilts. I asked Kate what her favorite colors were and she didn’t really have any except maybe blue. She said she favored solids and she also liked a quilt I made using Moda Grundge so I had a plan.

With that plan, I went to a local quilt shop and started scouring solid blues and other colors that might look nice with them. I had thought to use blue and coral, but ended up a little bit more red. That gave me the title for this little mini—“Allies.”

I thought since the color theme ended up red, white, and blue, and the US and Great Britain have been such great allies, I thought the title appropriate. Anyway, Kate and I are great friends.

I quilted the mini with channel quilting, edge quilting, and a bit of freehand curlicues. I used the same quilting thread throughout, and I think it looks marvelous! Here are the details:

Allies
16” x 16”
Designed, pieced, and quilted by Jennifer Fulton
Piecing thread: Aurifill #2900 Light Kakhy Green
Quilting thread: Sulky 40 wt #1237 Deep Mauve

I want to feature Lisa this week. Lisa linked up two projects. The first one these two table runners, now finished. I’ve loved watching this project come together!

Lisa also linked up these wonderfully wonky house blocks. She says they are for a table runner. Won’t it be cute?

Last week we tried voting again and everyone forgot! Oh well. I guess that’s not something y’all want to do so I’ll skip that this week.

Wednesday Wait Loss

Time to link up! The linky will be open until Friday, March 25th at midnight EST. If you need help, click here for detailed steps. If you run into problems linking up, just email me your photo and a link to your blog/Instagram and I’ll enter the link manually. As a reminder, here are the rules:

  • Link up a photo of a quilty WIP (work in progress). If you’ve made progress or have finished a project you’ve linked up previously, feel free to link that up as well.
  • You can link up a photo from a blog post, Instagram, Flickr, or upload one directly from your computer if you don’t happen to be a blogger or Instagram/Flickr user.
  • If you upload a photo, please explain your project by leaving a comment.
  • After linking up, encourage the other participants by visiting a few of the linkable photos and also by commenting on a few of the comments below from people who upload directly from their computers (You can identify the non-bloggers easily because their photos won’t be linkable, or will link right back here to this page.)
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • By linking up, you are giving me permission to grab a photo from your post and to feature you next week. Featured photos are linked to your original post.

Remember: The linky will be open until Friday, March 25th at midnight EST. Please join us and let’s finish those WIPs together!

Linky Party! Click the blue button below to link up

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It's Worldwide Quilting Day!

Here in America, we’re celebrating National Quilting Day, but around the world our sisters in stitches and brothers in batting are celebrating too with Worldwide Quilting Day!

I’m quilting all weekend and posting my projects online in my Facebook group. Join me and let's have fun quilting together!

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Furry Fridays Week 2

Hi! Welcome to Furry Friday! Furry Friday is brought to you by Island Batik and the PetFinder Foundation Each week during Furry Friday, I’ll present a couple of furry cuties just waiting for someone like you to adopt them.

First, my thanks to The Quilt Pattern Magazine, this week’s Furry Friday sponsor and the chief sponsor of the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt team. More about that and how you can help make kennel quilts in a minute.

Before I introduce this week’s rescues, let me introduce mine! Scott and I just adopted Zora, the sweetest, most lovingest rescue kitty you could ever meet. Next week is my week to feature my past and present pets, so I’ll wait until then to tell you more about dear Zora. For now, let’s take a look at our featured adoptables.

Our first cutie this week is Tigress. Tigress is a six year old sweetie pie with a lot of affection to give. She’s also quite beautiful, with usual coloring. Tigress is a tri-colored Tabby who would make the perfect addition to your home.

Next up is Crysta. Originally, Regis was the dog that was going to be featured this week, but he got adopted! Let’s see if we can make Crysta and Tigress as lucky. Crysta, like Tigress, is also tri-colored—a German Shepard mix with unusual features. She is quite friendly after she gets to know you. Calm and easy going, Crysta would make a wonderful companion.

If you find that you can’t adopt either of these furry cuties, you can still help by making kennel quilts, like the ones shown here that I made with Island Batiks. Aren’t they wonderful? Kennel quilts are designed to fit inside small pet carriers to provide an extra layer of comfort to animals rescued after a disaster. If you want to learn how, click here.

Finally, I want to remind you about a virtual Kennel Quilt Retreat sponsored by TQPM (The Quilt Pattern Magazine) and it’s Small Kennel Quilt Team. TQPM will be hosting an online kennel quilting weekend March 18th-19th. Click here for more info.

I'm going to be quilting this weekend as well in honor of National Quilting Day here in the US and Worldwide Quilting Day around the world. Please join me! I'll be posting to my Inquiring Quilter Facebook group throughout the weekend, and I'd love for you to join me online and share what you're working on.

I hope to see you online this weekend for National/Worldwide Quilting Day! If you can't make it, come back next Friday for Furry Friday when I will feature two more rescues. Here are the Island Ambassadors who are hosting Furry Friday this week.

Desert Bloom Quilting

Freemotion by the River

Seams Like a Dream

Yellow Cat Quilt Designs

Before you go, check out my Wednesday Wait Loss. Link up your WIPs and get the encouragement you need to finish them off. We’ve got a great group going and I hope you’ll join us by linking up.

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Tell me…what will you be doing to celebrate National Quilting Day?

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